By Michelle Aiello


The Cox Family Home Pops with Colorful Style

When Dr. Thadis and Nicole Cox began designing their custom-built residence in the Reserve at Greenbrier, one of their primary goals was to create a safe, fun environment and plenty of space for their growing family (children Ava (3) and Thea (1) and their male and female bulldogs, Brindle and Mims).

The 6,712-square foot home (as well as the Cox family’s previous home) was built by Jimmy Nash Homes. The Reserve at Greenbrier is a desirable subdivision, known for its beautiful homes, close proximity to downtown and peaceful views of green space and mature treelines.

In addition to working with Jimmy Nash Homes for the build, the couple worked with Clay Leavell and and Sarah Hubbard of Kitchen Concepts and interior designer Jean Ann Corbin of Ambiance Designs. Working as a team, their efforts resulted in an exceptionally designed home that the entire family loves.

The lighting was provided by Kentucky Lighting and Supply, Rodgers Decor and More did all of the floors and tile work, and the furniture, window treatments, art and accessories are from Ethan Allen. Nicole said that the color inspiration came from the pair of teal Ethan Allen chairs – one of the first purchases she made. At the time, she knew she wanted to use teal in the rest of the home, but didn’t know exactly how. That’s where the expertise of Jean Ann Corbin came in. “Color speaks to us all in one way or another,” said Jean Ann.

“With all the soft gray and beige neutrals, it’s nice to have a strong accent color like Nicole’s teal to add interest but also to personalize the home.”

One of the most striking design details is the coffered ceiling above the family room that has been accented in an ultra-bold teal. “When I looked at the swatch, it looked like a really bold color, and I wasn’t sure if it would work,” said Nicole. “But it’s not exactly the same when you put it on the ceiling. It’s a very subtle way to do a bold color.”

The unhindered floor plan makes it easy to run the household and enjoy family gatherings. “I like that this open area has the sitting room in such close proximity to the kitchen –it almost functions as one room,” said Clay Leavell of Kitchen Concepts, who designed and supplied all of the home’s countertops and cabinetry. “And then you have the formal sitting room which is also in close proximity. So for entertaining and for everyday family use, they have one beautiful open space.”

Clay and his associate and Sarah Hubbard worked closely with the couple to help them design their dream kitchen, which includes stainless steel Thermador appliances, leaded glass inserts for the cabinets and a wenge wood countertop for the island. The countertops, provided by Artistic Granite and Marble are a beautiful quartzite called Fantasy Brown. When asked about her favorite kitchen feature, Nicole essentially listed them all. “I love the oversized range hood, I have all the space I need for cooking. I love my island and the fact that it’s incorporated into the dining room. I also love the cabinets and of course, the massive wine fridge.” She explained that they found a photo of the double ovens, cabinetry and wine fridge on the home design website Houzz, and Kitchen Concepts helped make it a reality.

The Coxes explained that shopping for the range hood was one of the more challenging aspects of the design process. Sometimes, when choosing from models in a showroom, it isn’t easy to conceptualize how fixtures will look in the home. Dr. Cox said, “We saw a hood of this size at Kitchen Concepts and we kept going back to it and going back to it. Eventually Clay said, ‘Well, you’ve got enough room for it’”. So they had the range hood installed, and once they saw it in the scope of the entire kitchen, they both agreed that it fit the design perfectly. “It was exactly what we were shooting for,” said Nicole.

The dining room features an accent wall with gold metallic wallpaper and a gorgeous pair of caged pendant lanterns from Kentucky Lighting. “I wanted an accent wall that added a little bit of texture and shimmer,” said Nicole. She explained that the teal buffet table was her design inspiration for this area.

In the warmer months, the family often enjoys meals outside on their screened-in porch, which is located in the rear of the home, just off of the family room. “We can open the porch doors and French doors and there’s all this open air flowing through the house,” said Nicole.

The home office, is decorated in shades of blue-gray and gold. The metallic horse portrait in the office, atop the two-story mantle, is from My Favorite Things.

The laundry room cabinets are “Louisville inspired” (Dr. Cox’s hometown), which they say is a welcome contrast to all the blues and grays used in the rest of the home.

There is a gorgeous barreled ceiling in the first floor master bedroom—accented by one of Nicole’s favorite features in the home. She explained that she likes to have a fan running while she’s sleeping, but it was a challenge to find a fan with a design she liked. Plus, she really wanted a chandelier for their bedroom. After consulting with Kentucky Lighting, she was able to find the perfect solution-- a “fandelier”. “The combination of a ceiling fan and chandelier made it possible to have the best of both worlds – I love it,” she said.

Incorporating the clean lines and rustic look, his-and-hers closets complete with sliding barn doors line the short hallway leading to the master bath. The bath has been outfitted with an oversized soaking tub, a walk-in glass enclosed shower (their favorite feature), and more decorative ceilings with coordinating wainscoting. The soothing gray paint colors used are Software and Gray Screen, both by Sherwin Williams.

The two girls each have their own bedroom.  Both rooms feature dark gray walls and differing accent colors on the ceiling (Ava with pink, Thea with purple). All of the bedrooms have their own en suite baths. There is a very colorful playroom equipped with a chalkboard wall and a lofted area accessed by a custom built ladder. Nicole explained, “We bounced back and forth about putting a playroom in the house. Prior to the construction being finished, we realized that we had all this open space that hadn’t been closed off yet, and Jimmy came in and suggested that if we wanted to put in a playroom, it would be a really great space to do it. He suggested the lofted area too, and we thought it was a great idea.” Dr. Cox added, “Of course the girls are too small to go up there now, but when their cousins come over, they immediately run up there.” Over time, they plan to design the loft space to suit the girls’ needs, with cozy fur rugs and beanbags.

The curved staircase continues to the lower level of the home, which serves an alternative family room and play area for the dogs.

The family says they basically split their time between the upper and lower levels. Here, they have another complete kitchen and large bar with wire insert cabinetry and brick walls. The basement also has a sitting area with a modern fire feature, large flat screen television, and a fully equipped home gym that incorporates another pop of teal on the walls. There is also a guest bedroom and two bathrooms.

Their most recent renovation is a lovely bath/pool/dog room with white subway tile, a dog washing station, vintage inspired trough sink and a saloon style bathroom stall.

From the initial construction phase, to selecting cabinet and countertop finishes, to final details like rugs, art and accessories, the Cox family agrees that working with their team was a great experience from start to finish. Aside from their desire to create a modern, open space for their family, one of the other design goals, said Nicole, was to choose an entirely different color scheme than the one in their previous home. Dr. Cox referred to that one as his “bachelor pad” (it was his residence before meeting Nicole) and he had it decorated in masculine shades of red, burgundy and gold, with dark leather furnishings. When they moved to their new home, Nicole wanted a lighter, brighter color scheme, hence the shades of teal and white with touches of metallic sparkle. “Now it feels like we’re living in a spa,” Dr. Cox laughed.